For Ashley Sandell, owner of Caffeinated Culture, coffee runs in her family. Her mother, former owner of Terri Lynn Link's No Ordinary Joe, taught her the tricks of the coffee business before leaving the trade and selling her four shops. Sandell eventually decided she missed the family business and purchased one of her mother's former coffee shops where she now serves her signature coffee roast along with hormone-free dairy products. Beverages include the peanut butter kiss white chocolate mochas with peanut butter and vanilla, shots of fresh espresso, and real fruit smoothies. In addition to the drinks, the baristas dispense treats and pastries from Delphina's Bakery, Bella Cupcake, and Cookie Monkey Bakery.
A hardworking family of taste-makers fashion delicious meals of Italian fare from cherished recipes and fresh ingredients. Each menu item speaks to the restaurant’s commitment to handmade, one-of-a-kind dishes. Hot and cold deli sandwiches are clutched between the kitchen’s freshly baked bread, and pastas and pizzas arrive dressed with sauce made each day from Mama Carlino’s original secret recipe and dashes of nostalgia extract. Fresh, handpicked veggies burst with color atop generously portioned pies, and spicy pepperoni and italian sausage plant hearty deposits in cheesy slices.
More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.
Today’s Groupon answers the age-old question of whether or not pizza is square or 360 degrees. For $13, you get $30 worth of divine-crafted, artisan pizza and hand-selected brews at 360 Pizzeria, located in Vancouver, Washington. Paddle, propel, and cross the river for an experience no pizza lover can sanely ignore. Pizza Problems sold an unprecedented 300 copies in 1981, and was even briefly adapted into a Saturday morning animated series, although fans objected to Pepperoni’s portrayal as a softheaded comic foil. Activavision Studios recently announced plans for a 30th anniversary relaunch of the Pizza Problems franchise, a mature-rated gore fest featuring the sultry voice talents of David Hyde Pierce.
At Uptown Pasta, owner Tony Manuel shares his love of homestyle cooking with a menu that showcases rich, made-to-order pastas and traditional Italian entrees. Savory spheres of gnocchi à la bolognese simmer in a meaty sauce flavored with wine ($14), and meatballs or sausage pair with al dente tendrils of fresh spaghetti ($13¬–$14) to lasso traditional appetites or keep forks from flying away. Piping-hot ovens produce herb-rich delights such as the baked manicotti ($13) or meatless ziti baked Sicilian style with eggplant and cheese ($13), and seven specialty entrees sate heartier cravings for spicy shrimp fra diavolo ($13) or chicken pesto with olive oil, cherry tomatoes, and linguine ($13). At the customer's request, chefs will readily swap traditional noodles for gluten-free pastas or add extra ingredients for $2.
Garlic Jim's menu was handcrafted with nothing more than a dream and an incredible reserve of pizza-making expertise. Open an order with some gourmet chicken wings, available in barbecue, garlic, and hot, before moving on to pizza territory. Put an end to eating Legos by piecing together a custom pie. Choose from the hand-thrown thick, garlic thin, or gluten-free crusts, slathered in one of seven sauces (from classic red to zesty chipotle pesto), and then slap on any of 15 standard and 11 gourmet toppings (14-inch large pizzas start at $11.99, extra-large $14.99; each additional topping for a large is $1.50). To achieve customization without the stress of having to choose, turn to one of the pre-determined specialties. Meat-maul hunger with the Hercules (salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, spicy Italian sausage, and bacon; $18.99 for large, $21.99 for extra-large), or discover the secret of pizza-temperature fusion in your head with Jim's bacon-cheeseburger pizza (beef, bacon, red onions, tomatoes, mozzarella, and cheddar; $18.99 for large, $21.99 for extra-large).